At City Church, we are committed to welcoming refugees, asylum seekers & other migrants to our wonderful city! The two main ways in which we express this is through Welcome Churches initiative & our partner charity Action Foundation.

Welcome Churches is a nationwide refugee charity; their vision is for every refugee in the UK to be welcomed by their local church.


WELCOME BOXES is an excellent way for newly-arrived asylum seekers and refugees to meet local people and find their way around the local area.

Trained volunteers deliver a box filled with small gifts and local information to refugees who have recently arrived in their local area, making sure they feel welcome as they arrive. The volunteers then continue to welcome the family or individual over the next three months, helping them to access the support available to them and linking them in to the community.


Since coming to the UK, I have met some beautiful people. They did not know me but they helped me anyway. Over time I formed great friendships with these people and they made a huge impact on my life; now it feels like home!


‘I remember the first time I visited my church; I felt so welcome and I found a new life. I was really encouraged, especially when people prayed for me. I had lost my whole family, but with my church, I have found a new home and a new family.

ABBAS - Kurdish Refugee